Our weekly round up of relevant news from around data (big or otherwise), social, trends and our very own index:

INFOGRAPHICS NEWS

Visual.ly Raises $8.1 Million
Infographics, video and design platform Visual.ly has announced $8.1 million of Series A fundraising as it prepares to expand its technology and sales …

Are Infographics Still Effective As Part Of Your Content Strategy?
Undoubtedly, infographics are having quite a run. When we first started working with brands to create them in 2008, very few were familiar with the …

Interesting Infographics: A Day In The Life Of A Social Media User
Have you ever wondered how many times “Like” is pressed on Facebook in one day? Or the exact number of tweets posted on Twitter?

Google Tweaks Guidance On Link Schemes
In that, Matt Cutts, Google’s head of webspam, said, “I would not rely on widgets and infographics as your primary way to gather links, and I would …

SOCIAL MEDIA/INVESTMENT STORIES

Social Media Throwdown: Dunkin’ Brands vs. Starbucks
The stronger a company’s social-media exposure and customer engagement, the … Starbucks has a knack for impressing its customers and investors.

Investors are loyal to Old Media but love social stocks. Can both …
It’s rushed to lavish ostentatious premiums on leading social-media … These questions should form the center of a crucial interrogation of investor

Twitter’s Ups and Downs Make Hedging Costly for Investors
Equity derivatives on social media and Internet companies are among the most popular with investors looking to speculate on their growth potential.

ByOwner.com Launches $1.5 Million Equity Crowdfunding …
Investment Offers Opportunity to Tap Growing Online Advertising Industry, Which Is Expected to Reach US$185.4 Billion in 2017 as Social Media, …

‘Charities need to be braver if social investment is going to work’
McLeod argues that for social investment to attract broader investors then charities need to be braver. Photograph: Sindre Lundvold / Barcroft Media.

BIG DATA

Big Data: 5 Free Feeds Fueling Collaboration
Big data means a lot of things to different people, and while the term has been growing increasingly popular, there’s one technology service many …

Big data: 4 predictions for 2014
Big data was seen as one of the biggest buzzwords of 2013, when companies often used the term inappropriately and in the wrong context. This year …

Nest Gives Google Its Next Big Data Play: Energy
When Google bought Motorola in 2012, its mandate was to get more millions people on the mobile web. Now with its $3.2 billion purchase of Nest …

Cloud Platforms Help Legacy-Dependent Businesses Leverage …
Usually when we talk about big data, the focus is firmly on volume. Large businesses generate huge amounts of data; big data and cloud technologies …

What Does Big Data Look Like? Visualization Is Key for Humans
A simple Google image search on “big data” reveals numerous instances of three dimensional one’s and zero’s, a few explanatory infographics, and …

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